Dreams do more than add new connections. They use older
patterns to reinforce newly learned behavior. Part of how
you remember and learn, especially procedural memory, is
repetition. Plenty of studies exist showing that you need
to repeat things to get it to stick. Thus the
make-you-do-it-over-and-over nature of some school work,
the chanting of product names in 15 second commercials
and more. The average number of repetitions needed to
get you to stick it in longer term memory? _9_
The things that have been shown to get the same
results with fewer repetitions? Humor can cut the number
to 6ish, eating while learning, can cut the number to
5ish (thus primetime, just after people have eaten, and
newstime, as they are eating are 1-2 in ad dollars,
with number 3 being morning before drivetime, breakfast.
It isn't just that you are in front of the TV, you are
more vulnerable while eating.), pain can cut the number
to 1 =), dreaming can cut the number to 3. Bedtime
stories are among the best remembered stories in the world.
The problem with reading slow vs. speed reading is one
of focus, when going slow and thinking, your thoughts on
the matter get muddled in with the facts. OTOH, conclusions
you come to while reading slow will still be with you
long after the facts have drained away, change your
strategy based on what you need, the lesson or the facts.
$you = new YOU;
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